Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles has urged retailers to take a more proactive role in combatting shoplifting following reports of a rise.
The number of shoplifting offences in Derbyshire is increasing which has a serious financial impact on the businesses affected, the local economy and police resources.
Commissioner Charles has asked major supermarkets across the county to meet him to discuss how the issues can be addressed – but so far only Tesco has agreed.
Shoplifting is widespread across the county but there are pockets of volume offending which are of particular concern, said the Commissioner.
Businesses frequently targeted by shoplifters are being asked to work in conjunction with the police to take sensible preventative action and identify better deterrent measures.
“Retailers in the county are very keen to report shoplifting offences but they are reluctant to meet to discuss how we might stop it which is rather disappointing,” said Commissioner Charles.
“We’re fast approaching the busy festive period where traditionally incidents of shoplifting increase as higher value goods are stocked in shops. This is an ideal time to establish a multi-retailer action plan that enables businesses to work together to address the problem with the support of local police.
“There are so many simple steps that can reduce temptation or make it more difficult for shoplifters to succeed including placing high value items furthest away from entrances. There needs to be greater motivation and commitment among retailers to share the burden and help each other.”
Commissioner Charles is keen to develop a long-term strategy with retailers to prevent further drain of valuable police resources and encourages the major retailers to respond to his meeting request.
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Posted on Monday 20th October 2014